The Mets find themselves down 0-2 in the World Series after dropping Game 2 Wednesday night in Kansas City.
The game was scoreless until the fourth. Curtis Granderson and Daniel Murphy each walked to put runners on first and second with one out. Yoenis Cespedes hit a grounder to third. Mike Moustakas stepped on third for the second out. But his throw to first was a bit wide and pulled the first baseman off the bag. No error was charged, but where is this great Royals defense we’ve been hearing about? So instead of an inning-ending double play, Lucas Duda came up and dunked a ball into short left to give the Mets a 1-0 lead.
The Royals threatened in the bottom of the inning. Ben Zobrist led off by reaching on a Lucas Duda error. With one out Eric Hosmer singled — the first Royals hit of the night. A ground out and a walk loaded the bases with two outs, but deGrom got Salvador Perez on a grounder to end the threat.
But deGrom couldn’t work out of similar trouble in the fifth. deGrom walked Alex Gordon to lead off the inning. Alex Rios singled, and then Alcides Escobar singled to plate Gordon to tie the score at one. Still no outs with runners on first and second, Zobrist hit a grounder down the line. Duda made a nice play for the force, with the runners advancing to second and third. Lorenzo Cain lined out to short center for the second out. Rios had to hold at third. But Eric Hosmer singled up the middle to score two and give the Royals a 3-1 lead. Kendrys Morales singled to put runners on first and third. Moustakas singled just past a diving Murphy to make it 4-1. A grounder to third mercifully ended the inning.
deGrom was done after five innings, allowing four runs on six hits. He walked three and like Harvey the night before, only struck out two batters.
Hansel Robles made his second appearance this post-season in the sixth. He retired the side in order, including a leaping catch by Cespedes at the wall.
Jonathon Niese kept the Royals off the board in the seventh. But in the eighth he (with assistance from Addison Reed) allowed three runs to put the game out of reach.
Johnny Cueto baffled the Mets all night. They managed the one run and just two hits off of him as he threw a complete game.
Mets lose 7-1. Now it’s on to Citi Field Friday to get this World Series on track!